Some of London’s most vulnerable young people and their families are set to receive additional support through the coronavirus crisis thanks to a coordinated crisis response from Pears Foundation and StreetGames.

The funds will be used to support frontline work being undertaken by 10 local community projects across the capital providing food, mentoring and other support for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.

These projects have been responding quickly to address some of the issues their local communities face as a result of the coronavirus crisis including food poverty, isolation and inactivity. These small grants will to help them to continue this work at a time when funding for small charities and community organisations is increasingly under threat.

In response to the current lockdown, local community organisations have been moving quickly to support vulnerable young people. Those projects receiving funds from the Pears Foundation have committed to a range of activities to help their communities, including:

- Provide food collections and deliveries at least once per week

- Delivering weekly remote physical activity sessions and delivering sport equipment to use at home

- Creating activity plans for all participants with ideas and challenges for the week ahead

- Providing personalised mentoring sessions offering advice on everything from healthy eating to emotional support

 

Sir Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair, Pears Foundation said:

“Pears Foundation has committed to increasing its expenditure this year by 50%, up to c£30m. This funding will be allocated to work with our existing partners to help them navigate and respond to the current crisis.

This new grant to StreetGames is in addition to our existing support for their holiday programme Fit and Fed, and one of a number we have made this month to frontline organisations facing unprecedented demand. We know that StreetGames, through their network of local organisations, are well placed to quickly respond to the needs of some of the most vulnerable in our society.“

 

Mark Lawrie, Acting CEO of StreetGames said:

“We’re hugely grateful for the continued support of Pears Foundation, which has been invaluable for many of the projects within the StreetGames network.

This funding is allowing those on the frontline to respond to the needs of some of the most vulnerable young people and families in London, providing food, supplies, and practical and emotional support through this crisis.

We are committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with these organisations, supporting our most vulnerable communities. The support of fantastic partners like Pears Foundation is crucial to continuing to deliver that support where it is most needed.”